Auchtavan Open Day

When is the event?

14th August 2022

25th September 2022

Event Details

The settlement at Auchtavan is a rare survival of a traditional Highland clachan or fermtoun. Small communities like these were home to countless generations in the centuries before the Industrial Revolution. Most of these settlements have disappeared and their houses are now only a scatter of stones but at Auchtavan the hingin lum cottage and horsemill still stand high on the mountainside above the River Dee, both restored and saved in 2008 by Braemar Community Ltd. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the Cairngorms Leader Fund.

In 2010 the 20th century house on the site, once the Queen Mother’s picnic cottage, was acquired by BCL to give a complete picture of how the settlement has been used over the centuries.

Auchtavan can be visited on foot at any time of year and it is free to visit the settlement at all times. The Horsemill is always open and houses an interpretation board. We are delighted to be able to welcome you again to see inside the hingin lum cottage and the Queen Mother’s cottage between noon and 3 pm on:-
Sunday August 14th 2022 and Sunday September 25th 2022

It’s great to bring a picnic and savour this unique place.

Where is the event?

Auchtavan is situated a 5.5 km (3.4 mile) walk off the A93 Aberdeen-Braemar road, starting 10 km (7 miles) to the east of Braemar / 4 km (2.5 miles) west of Crathie at the Aberarder junction. To get to Auchtavan, take the turn-off to Aberarder and follow the route marked on the map. If coming by car, please park in the lay-by on the A93 opposite the turn-off. There is limited car-parking at the Aberarder road end which reduces the walk to 4km (2.5 miles). The walking distance from the A93 is 5.5km (3.4 miles) and we advise leaving a morning or an afternoon free to complete the visit in a comfortable time and to fully enjoy the wonderful views of Deeside and the Cairngorms. The track passes through birch woods and open moorland and can be exposed to the weather so good walking shoes and outdoor clothing are essential. An accurate map is also recommended. The route passes through working farmland and there are a number of gates which must be left as you find them to prevent sheep straying. Auchtavan is located within the Invercauld Estate. This is a working Highland sporting estate with regular game hunting between August and February and breeding throughout the year. Please stick to the paths and look out for and respect notices during the hunting season.

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